CHARLOTTESVILLE , Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin made it official on Thursday, announcing that she is running to represent the 57th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
The seat is currently held by Democrat David Toscano, who is retiring at the end of his term.
Galvin, a Democrat, has spent eight years on the Charlottesville City Council and served on the Charlottesville School Board before that.
She talked about taking the lead on tough issues such as affordable housing, criminal justice reform, legalizing marijuana and common sense gun safety laws, especially after the violence of Aug. 12, 2017.
"When you see people walking around with their semi-automatics on their shoulder, it has a chilling effect on what you say and do," Galvin said.
The mom of two and architect also said the Commonwealth has to come to grips with the mental health problems affecting many Virginians.
A spokesman for Galvin's campaign says she will finish her current term on Charlottesville City Council and not seek re-election.
In the June 11 Democratic primary, Galvin will face Sally Hudson, an economics professor at the University of Virginia.